USN-681-1: ImageMagick vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-681-1

1st December, 2008

imagemagick vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software description

  • imagemagick


It was discovered that ImageMagick did not correctly handle certain
malformed XCF images. If a user were tricked into opening a specially
crafted image with an application that uses ImageMagick, an attacker
could cause a denial of service and possibly execute arbitrary code with
the user's privileges.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:

Ubuntu 7.10:
imagemagick 7:
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
imagemagick 6:

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart any applications that
use ImageMagick, such as and Inkscape, to effect the
necessary changes.